Google Defies Chinese Censors Again with Live Twitter Feed

Lora Bentley
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Will Google Take a Stand in China?


Last week, Twitter creator Jack Dorsey said it would only be a matter of time before Chinese language access to the microblogging site became available.


He noted that China's censorship laws currently block access to the site - primarily to prevent citizens from using it and other Web services to speak out against the government. Nonetheless, he indicated the company is planning to establish a presence in China.


Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reported that Google has added a live Twitter feed to its search page in Hong Kong, to which it has been directing Chinese searchers since Tuesday. According to the story:

The tweets do not show up for all searches, but only for terms that appear to be popular on Twitter. On Thursday morning, that included discussions on such taboo subjects as how to circumvent China's Internet firewall, why Google decided to exit China and a vaccine scandal unfolding in central China.


Somehow, I don't think this is quite the "presence" Jack Dorsey had in mind.

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